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NYHN Daily: Andy Greene Gets Set to Face Former Team, Josh Bailey on COVID List



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The New York Islanders (2-1) host the New Jersey Devils (2-1-1) today at 7:00 pm. The LIU Women’s Hockey team is off to a slow start but is in familiar waters. Veteran Andy Greene gets set to face his former team for the first time. Second-line winger Josh Bailey has been added to the COVID list as he was unavailable at practice yesterday. These stories and more on today’s daily links!

Josh Bailey was not at practice yesterday. We have found out the reason for that is due to him being placed on the COVID-19 List and will be unable to play in the game later today. (NYI Hockey Now)

New York Islanders’ defenseman Andy Greene played 14 years for the New Jersey Devils before being traded to the Islanders last season. It will be a strange feeling, said Greene. The strangest adjustment was for Greene’s son, who is trying to understand where NJ Devil, the Devils’ mascot, was. (NYI Hockey Now)

The LIU Women’s hockey team is off to an 0-6 start. But they were in this position last year in their inaugural season, in which they finished the year as the division champs. (NYI Hockey Now)

Andy Greene is not the only player facing his former team. The New York Islanders newest netminder, Cory Schneider, faces his former team as well. (Newsday)

Islanders’ defenseman Noah Dobson is playing in his second NHL season. After struggling mightily in the 5-0 loss Saturday to the New York Rangers, he bounced back in a big way in Monday’s win over the Boston Bruins (NY Sportsday)

We are a week into this 56-game NHL season. What have been the most impressive stories thus far? (

Should the NHL do rapid COVID tests? If the Florida Panthers game was not postponed would Keith Yandle still have his Iron Man streak? All these questions and more in Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts. (Sportsnet)

The Minnesota Wild have acquired Ian Cole from the Colorado Avalance in exchange for Greg Pateryn. (

With Keith Yandle on the trade block for the Florida Panthers, NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes believes the Boston Bruins should try to acquire the defenseman. (Boston Hockey Now)

After facing the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Washington Capitals were fined $100,000 for breaking COVID protocols. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The Florida Panthers were unable to start this season with everyone else due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Now their season is on hold due to the Carolina Hurricanes dealing with the virus. (Florida Hockey Now)

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NYHN Daily: Islanders Sorokin Showed Growth in Win over Sabres & More



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The New York Islanders kick off the first of a back-to-back against the Buffalo Sabres today at 1 PM. In the win back on Thursday, rookie netminder Ilya Sorokin put together another strong performance. This story and more on today’s daily links!

New York Islanders rookie netminder Ilya Sorokin came into the game on Thursday having posted back-to-back shutouts his last two times out. Despite seeing that shutout streak come to an end last night after 143:08 minutes, the rookie netminder put together another strong performance in the 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. (NYI Hockey Now)

Islanders’ Anders Lee continues to challenge himself to be better. He enters Saturday afternoon’s rematch with the Sabres at Nassau Coliseum with a team-leading 10 goals and tied for second with three power-play goals. (Newsday)

Is Islanders defenseman prospect Robin Salo ready for the NHL? Arthur Staple thinks so as the Islanders could use some depth on the backend. (The Athletic)

Islanders fans will have the opportunity for an enhanced viewing experience while watching games on television.  The “Islanders HOMEICE Experience”, a second screen experience app that will sync with all home and away telecasts for the remainder of the 2021 NHL season, will debut for Saturday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres at Nassau Coliseum. (NY Sportsday)

Rangers star netminder Igor Shesterkin is considered day-to-day, according to the team’s announcement, after suffering an injury that looked to be far worse when he had to be helped to the locker room at Prudential Center. (NY Post)

Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo could be spending the night in a Boston area hospital after being on the receiving end of a headshot from Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson in the waning minutes of the first period of his team’s 5-1 win. (Boston Hockey Now)

The Philadelphia Flyers aren’t getting off easy. Joel Farabee was added to the NHL COVID Protocol list on Thursday, causing him to miss that night’s game. On Friday, Farabee is still on the list. (Philly Hockey Now)

The Pittsburgh Penguins cleared roster space for injured players and created an opportunity for young players to get ice time. On Friday morning, the Penguins demoted defenseman P.O. Joseph and forward Drew O’Connor to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL, according to GM Ron Hextall. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

When the Florida Panthers traded for Mason Marchment a year ago, it was basically viewed as them trying to get something in return for a player they had given up on .Denis Malgin was not playing much in Florida and it appeared he desperately needed a change of scenery. (Florida Hockey Now)

Finally – finally – Jared Bednar looked like a coaching genius in an overtime game for the Avs. The heavy use of one Valeri Nichushkin in OT was the winning move in Colorado’s 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks at a still-fanless Ball Arena. (Colorado Hockey Now)

Max Pacioretty has never had more than two game-winning overtime goals in a season. Put a condensed season in front of him and he’s hockey’s version of Jerry West. (Vegas Hockey Now)

The San Jose Sharks have many issues. Right now they are stuck between a Dubnyk and a Jones place. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Milan Lucic summed up the Calgary Flames’ coaching change to Darryl Sutter from Geoff Ward with two prescient words at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on Friday. “Buckle up.” (

GM Kevyn Adams called out the Buffalo Sabres’ competitiveness and said everything is being evaluated, including coach Ralph Krueger, in a frank 30-minute media session Friday. (

The Vancouver Canucks are not considering a coaching change and would like to sign coach Travis Green to a contract extension, general manager Jim Benning said Friday. (

Mark Pavelich, the speedy center from the Iron Range who played on the “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey team, has died at a treatment center for mental illness. He was 63. (

Walter Gretzky, the ultimate Canadian hockey dad who taught and nurtured the Great One, has died. He was 82. (

Jason Spezza would have jumped at the opportunity to voice his support for women’s hockey even if he didn’t have four daughters growing up at home. He is not the only NHL player showing support for the launching women’s pro league. (

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NYHN Daily: Islanders Continue Point Streak, Takeaways From Win & More



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In last night’s 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, the Islanders extended their point streak to six games. There was plenty of things to like in the win such as Matt Martin’s two goals and a few things on the negative side like the power play going 0 for 3. These stories and more on today’s daily links!

The New York Islanders point streak reached six games on Thursday after they defeated the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 in the first of three meetings on Long Island. (NYI Hockey Now)

Thursday’s matchup with the Buffalo Sabres was the perfect way for the New York Islanders to continue their hot stretch. Here are the takeaways from the win. (NYI Hockey Now)

The youth movement appears to be in full swing on Long Island. While the likes of Oliver Wahlstrom, Noah Dobson and Michael Dal Colle have thrived recently, Kieffer Bellows has remained conspicuously absent from the lineup. (NYI Hockey Now)

The Islanders, on a season-high 45 shots and two goals from fourth-liner Matt Martin to highlight a balanced attack, opened a five-game homestand and the first of three straight against the East Division-trailing Sabres with a 5-2 win on Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum. (Newsday)

Hank Abate, President of Arena Operations for UBS Arena, joined Peter Schwartz to talk about the Islanders’ new home at Belmont Park that is scheduled to open this fall.  Hank and Peter discuss the plans for other sporting events and concerts, amenities for fans and musical acts, and the access to the arena by car and the Long Island Rail Road. (NY Sportsday)

While the Boston Bruins have taken three out of four points in their last couple of games, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy is still not fully enamored with what he’s seeing on the ice as of late. (Boston Hockey Now)

The Philadelphia Flyers came from behind to shock the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night. Claude Giroux scored two goals – including the game-winner – and his shot deflected in on the game-tying goal for an assist as well. (Philly Hockey Now)

It may have been one of the best periods in the short NHL career of Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Mark Friedman.  He scored his first NHL goal and was a physical presence. However, it was the physicality that may leave Friedman’s memory of his second Penguins game a little fuzzy. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

With losses in their past two games, the Panthers were facing their first losing streak of the season Thursday night against the host Nashville Predators. They made sure they weren’t going down that road, at least not right now. (Florida Hockey Now)

Avalanche fans can breathe a bit easier right now. We have learned that superstar forward Nathan MacKinnon is expected to be on the ice for Friday’s morning skate, and if things check out normally will be in the lineup for the game later that night against the Anaheim Ducks. (Colorado Hockey Now)

The Golden Knights will play six games, all on the road, with two back-to-backs on the schedule. The first begins Friday against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center. If there was a time to dip into the goalie depth pool, it would be now. (Vegas Hockey Now)

Kyle and JD discuss the San Jose Sharks’ 4-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. They about why Joachim Blichfeld’s hit shouldn’t be a part of hockey, plus the new power-play units and why they play to Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns’s strengths. This and more on the latest edition of Locked On Sharks Podcast. (San Jose Hockey Now)

David Quinn’s shocking Mika Zibanejad benching may echo with New York Rangers writes Larry Brooks. (NY Post)

Geoff Ward was fired as coach of the Calgary Flames on Thursday and replaced by Darryl Sutter after last night’s 7-3 win. (

Walter Gretzky, commonly regarded as the most famous father in hockey history, died Thursday. He was 82. (

Andrei Vasilevskiy was denied his fourth straight shutout, but the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied for their sixth straight win, 3-2 in overtime against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Thursday. (

San Jose Sharks forward Joachim Blichfeld has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon during NHL Game No. 363 in San Jose on Wednesday, March 3, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced yesterday. (

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for a dangerous trip against Detroit Red Wings forward Robby Fabbri during NHL Game No. 365 in Carolina on Thursday. (

Insider Trading: What are the NHL’s contingency plans for the Canadian team that makes it to the Conference Final and can’t have a visiting team cross the border? What does the future hold for Tanner Pearson in Vancouver? What area are the Flames looking to improve? (

Dillon Dube‘s first career NHL hat trick for Calgary in a 7-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday was eclipsed by the post-game firing of Flames head coach Geoff Ward and the hiring of Darryl Sutter as his replacement. (

New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider is so hot these days, even shots that go off his body are finding their way into the net. (

The Washington Capitals are keeping tabs on the goaltender market ahead of the April 12 trade deadline, according to TSN Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli. (


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NYHN Daily: Islanders Pageau Played Big Role in Win Over Devils & More



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The New York Islanders (12-6-4) welcome the Buffalo Sabres (6-11-3) to town for a three-game set which begins tonight at 7 PM.  In the Islanders’ win back on Tuesday, Jean-Gabriel Pageau played a focal role. This story and more on today’s daily links!

Jean-Gabriel Pageau has been red-hot for the Islanders and that continued in the victory over the Devils. (NYI Hockey Now)

This week on Hockey Night in New York, Buffalo Sabres insider Joe Yerdon joined us to help preview the three-game mini-series between Buffalo and the Islanders. We discussed the ong

oing drama with Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner and look at what Islanders fans can expect from Buffalo over the next three games. (NYI Hockey Now)

The streaking Islanders open a five-game homestand with the first of three straight games against, yes, the Sabres, on Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum. Coach Barry Trotz said planning for a three-game series is no different than two in a row or a single game writes Andrew Gross. (Newsday)

Here are the Talking Points from the Boston Bruins 2-1 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals in Zdeno Chara’s return to TD Garden on Wednesday night. (Boston Hockey Now)

The Philadelphia Flyers put up a performance to forget in a 5-2 loss to the Penguins on Tuesday night. In their first of three games in Pittsburgh, there were several Flyers defensive breakdowns and missed assignments. (Philly Hockey Now)

For those who missed Tuesday’s game or didn’t see enough of defenseman Mark Friedman to form an opinion, trust this: Pittsburgh Penguins fans are going to like this guy. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

It may only be the first of March, but after the past couple of days, who is not excited about the potential for a first-round playoff series between the Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes? (Florida Hockey Now)

It wouldn’t be an Avalanche game if we weren’t all clutching the pearls afterward, worried about the health of one of the team’s best players. So it was tonight too, with a third-period exit from the game by Nathan MacKinnon following a blindside hit to the head from Sharks player Joachim Blichfeld. (Colorado Hockey Now)

Ten goals in two games, two wins in completely different fashion, but all important in the same. The Golden Knights won 5-1 on Wednesday and widened their points percentage cushion on Minnesota with a game in hand. (Vegas Hockey Now)

After line-up changes that saw 10 players moved between the NHL and AHL rosters, the Barracuda were also shut out, 6-0 by the Bakersfield Condors earlier tonight. This was after a 2-0 start to the Barracuda’s home schedule. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Zach Parise was a healthy scratch for the first time in his nine seasons with the Minnesota Wild when they lost to the Vegas Golden Knights 5-1 on Wednesday. Parise did not agree with his coach’s decision. (

Zdeno Chara, who agreed to a one-year contract with the Washington Capitals this offseason, returned to face the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Wednesday. Both teams stopped and tapped their sticks in recognition of Chara’s return while the video played. (

Carey Price said he is eager to get working on simplifying things with Sean Burke, the Montreal Canadiens’ new director of goaltending. ( ranks the top 25 fantasy hockey goalies for the rest of the 2020-21 season in standard leagues. For more coverage, visit and subscribe for free to the “NHL Fantasy on Ice” podcast. (

Dave Tippett isn’t very happy with the Edmonton Oilers compete level after their 6-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday night. (

It’s fair to say the NHL is closely monitoring vaccine distribution in both countries. An especially slow rollout in Canada may mean that Canadian arenas could be empty or operating in limited capacities come October when the entire league is supposed to ramp up again. (


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